*A mildly less whimsical review for subtitled online will be posted shortly*
Beautiful Lies once again reunites Audrey Tautou with director Pierre Salvadori (Priceless) for what on the surface appears to be another slice of delightfully whimsical French comedy – but which unfortunately hides a dark secret!
Thirty year old Emilie (Audrey Tautou) runs a stylish salon in keeping with her glamorous appearence. She has a relatively peaceful life, however, her mothers deteriorating mental condition is starting to cause some concerns. Maddy (Emilie’s mother), has so far failed to recover from her husband’s departure, a pretentious sculptor, who left her four years ago. Maddy has developed a mild form of agoraphobia, unable to connect with anyone on an emotional level due to the hurt inflicted by this marital betrayal and has chosen to hide from the world behind the walls of her palatial mansion. Emilie is aware that her father has now moved on and is about to have a child with his young fiancé, a woman much younger than Emilie and understands that his desire to finalise the divorce will destroy her mother. A solution to this dilema soon presents itself to Emilie in the form of a random declaration of love delivered to her place of work on one seemingly uneventful morning.